Researcher, Lecturer, Podcaster
In this module we shall be looking at literary and cinematic representations of different instances of civil war and partition – the Irish Civil War (1922-1923), the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the conflict around the Indian/Pakistani partition (1947) and the Bangladesh War of Liberation (1971), the conflict between Israel and Palestine (1948-present), the Nigerian Civil War/Biafran War (1967-1970) and the Somali Civil War (1988-present). In the process, we will focus on issues such as gender, race, class, family and nationhood, politics of memory and commemoration, and the aesthetics of representing violence. We will examine the politics of definition of civil wars and think about civil wars as a consequence of colonialism and post-colonial nation-building. Questions we will be addressing include:
What are the specific issues that are associated with civil wars? Is there a particular kind of literature that comes out of civil wars? What role does literature play in our perceptions of civil wars?
How might it help or hinder post-civil war reconciliation?
What are the differences between literature of different genres, and between literature and cinema, when it comes to representing civil wars?